Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood has decided to retire from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and rest for a busy international cricket schedule culminating with the Ashes at the end of the year.
The 30-year-old fast bowler was scheduled to play a second season for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, which will take place at six venues, initially without spectators, from April 9 to May 30.
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and 40s at different times, so I decided to take a break from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia for the next two months,” said Hazlewood cricket.com.au.
‘Great winter to come’
“We also have a great winter ahead. The West Indies are going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown at the end of that. Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading up to the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months … and I want to give myself the best chance of being mentally and physically ready for that. This is the decision I made and it suits me pretty well.
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Hazlewood’s international teammates, goaltender-beater Josh Philippe and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, have also retired from this year’s IPL, both citing personal reasons for their decisions.
Australia are scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches in the West Indies in June and July before traveling to Bangladesh in October for three warm-up matches ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in India.
Afghanistan will play a single test in Australia, postponed from last year, in November ahead of the Test Ashes series of five against England around the new year.